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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727907/novel-role-of-surfactant-protein-a-in-bacterial-sinusitis
#1
George T Noutsios, Amanda L Willis, Julie G Ledford, Eugene H Chang
BACKGROUND: Chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS) is a common inflammatory disorder of the upper airway characterized by chronic inflammation and significant sinonasal remodeling. CRS is comprised of 2 major subgroups, based on whether polyps are present or absent. In some cases, it is characterized by colonization with opportunistic pathogens such as Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PA), Staphylococcus aureus, and other bacteria. The innate immune system of the sinonasal epithelium is the first line of defense against inhaled pathogens...
July 20, 2017: International Forum of Allergy & Rhinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725012/phycocyanin-attenuates-pulmonary-fibrosis-via-the-tlr2-myd88-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
#2
Chengcheng Li, Yan Yu, Wenjun Li, Bo Liu, Xudong Jiao, Xinyu Song, Changjun Lv, Song Qin
Our aim was to investigate the effects of phycocyanin (PC) on bleomycin (BLM)-induced pulmonary fibrosis (PF). In this study, C57 BL/6 wild-type (WT) mice and toll-like receptor (TLR) 2 deficient mice were treated with PC for 28 days following BLM exposure. Serum and lung tissues were collected on days 3, 7 and 28. Data shows PC significantly decreased the levels of hydroxyproline (HYP), vimentin, surfactant-associated protein C (SP-C), fibroblast specific protein-1 (S100A4) and α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA) but dramatically increased E-cadherin and podoplanin (PDPN) expression on day 28...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722147/surface-isoelectric-focusing-sief-with-carrier-ampholyte-ph-gradient
#3
Zhichao Wang, Cornelius Ivory, Adrienne R Minerick
Isoelectric focusing (IEF) is a powerful tool for amphoteric protein separations because of high sensitivity, bio-compatibility, and reduced complexity compared to chromatography or mechanical separation techniques. IEF miniaturization is attractive because it enables rapid analysis, easier adaptation to point of care applications, and smaller sample demands. However, existing small-scale IEF tools have not yet been able to analyze single protein spots from array libraries, which are ubiquitous in many pharmaceutical discovery and screening protocols...
July 19, 2017: Electrophoresis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719181/differential-ligand-binding-specificities-of-the-pulmonary-collectins-are-determined-by-the-conformational-freedom-of-a-surface-loop
#4
Michael J Rynkiewicz, Huixing Wu, Tanya R Cafarella, Nikolaos M Nikolaidis, James Frederick Head, Barbara A Seaton, Francis X McCormack
Lung surfactant proteins (SP) play critical roles in surfactant function and innate immunity. SP-A and SP-D, members of the collectin family of C-type lectins, exhibit distinct ligand specificities, effects on surfactant structure, and host defense functions despite extensive structural homology. SP-A binds to dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine (DPPC), the major surfactant lipid component, but not phosphatidylinositol (PI), whereas SP-D shows the opposite preference. Additionally, SP-A and SP-D recognize widely divergent pathogen-associated molecular patterns...
July 18, 2017: Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716186/formation-of-protein-surfactant-adsorption-layer-as-studied-by-dilational-surface-rheology
#5
REVIEW
Boris A Noskov, Michael M Krycki
The review discusses the mechanism of formation of protein/surfactant adsorption layers at the liquid - gas interface. The complexes of globular proteins usually preserve their compact structure a low surfactant concentrations. Therefore a simple kinetic model of the adsorption of charged compact nanoparticles is discussed first and compared with experimental data. The increase of surfactant concentrations results in various conformational transitions in the surface layer. One can obtain information on the changes of the adsorption layer structure using the dilational surface rheology...
July 6, 2017: Advances in Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710816/electrochemical-and-structural-characterization-of-azotobacter-vinelandii-flavodoxin-ii
#6
Helen M Segal, Thomas Spatzal, Michael G Hill, Andrew K Udit, Douglas C Rees
Azotobacter vinelandii flavodoxin II serves as a physiological reductant of nitrogenase, the enzyme system mediating biological nitrogen fixation. Wildtype A. vinelandii flavodoxin II was electrochemically and crystallographically characterized to better understand the molecular basis for this functional role. The redox properties were monitored on surfactant-modified basal plane graphite electrodes, with two distinct redox couples measured by cyclic voltammetry corresponding to reduction potentials of -483 ± 1 mV and -187 ± 9 mV (vs...
July 14, 2017: Protein Science: a Publication of the Protein Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707162/pulmonary-surfactant-associated-proteins-and-inflammatory-factors-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea
#7
Dongmei Lu, Ayiniger Abulimiti, Ting Wu, Ailigen Abudureyim, Nanfang Li
PURPOSE: Pulmonary surfactant (PS) plays roles in promoting the removal of the liquid, host defense, and immune regulation in the tracheal, bronchial, and alveoli epithelium. PS protein expression level can be regulated by oxygen levels and related free radicals. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is featured with oxygen free radical production for damaging epithelial tissues and thus may affect PS production. The study was to explore the relationship between PS protein and OSA severity. METHODS: We collected serum and bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF) samples from 35 OSA patients and 22 healthy subjects...
July 13, 2017: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706756/impact-of-vital-dyes-on-cell-viability-and-transduction-efficiency-of-aav-vectors-used-in-retinal-gene-therapy-surgery-an-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-analysis
#8
Anna P Salvetti, Maria I Patrício, Alun R Barnard, Harry O Orlans, Doron G Hickey, Robert E MacLaren
PURPOSE: Treatment of inherited retinal degenerations using adeno-associated viral (AAV) vectors involves delivery by subretinal injection. In the latter stages, alteration of normal anatomy may cause difficulty in visualizing the retinotomy, retinal detachment extension, and vector diffusion. Vital dyes may be useful surgical adjuncts, but their safety and impact on AAV transduction are largely unknown. METHODS: The effects of Sodium Fluorescein (SF), Membrane Blue (MB), and Membrane Blue Dual (DB) at a range of dilutions were assessed on human embryonic kidney cells in vitro using an AAV2-green fluorescent protein (GFP) reporter at different multiplicities of infection...
July 2017: Translational Vision Science & Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705615/transcutaneous-immunotherapy-of-pollinosis-using-solid-in-oil-nanodispersions-loaded-with-t-cell-epitope-peptides
#9
Qingliang Kong, Momoko Kitaoka, Rie Wakabayashi, Noriho Kamiya, Masahiro Goto
Pollinosis, a typical seasonal allergy, is a serious public health problem. Limited numbers of patients receive curative immunotherapy instead of symptomatic therapy; however, there are still some concerns about the inconvenience and side effects of subcutaneous injections and sublingual administration caused by immunotherapy. Here, we propose a simple and safe transcutaneous immunotherapy using solid-in-oil (S/O) nanodispersions loaded with vaccine T cell epitope peptides derived from pollen allergen. S/O nanodispersions are oil-based dispersions of antigens coated with hydrophobic surfactants...
July 10, 2017: International Journal of Pharmaceutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698018/carrying-pieces-of-information-in-organocatalytic-bytes-semiopoiesis-a-new-theory-of-life-and-its-origins
#10
Wanderley Dantas Dos Santos
Living beings have been classically described as autopoietic machines: chemical systems, which maintain a reproducible steady state by producing their components and boundaries. On the other hand, very simple autopoietic micelles have been produced in laboratory. They consist in micelles able to catalyse the production of their own surfactants. However is very clear that these autopoietic systems are unable to evolve. In this way, these autopoietic micelles cannot be associated to living organisms, which are always linked by evolutionary relationships...
July 8, 2017: Bio Systems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697931/molecular-interaction-mechanisms-in-reverse-micellar-extraction-of-microbial-transglutaminase
#11
Tingting Yu, Mingxiang Lin, Junfen Wan, Xuejun Cao
Reverse micellar extraction is an efficient and economical alternative for protein purification. In this study, microbial transglutaminase (MTGase) from crude materials was purified using reverse micellar extraction, and the molecular interaction mechanism in reverse micellar extraction of MTGase was explored. By using a molecular simulation study, the interaction mechanism of forward extraction was investigated. The molecular simulation results reveal the interaction of MTGase-water-surfactant is the major driving force for the forward extraction...
July 5, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693728/electrochemical-detection-of-cardiac-biomarker-myoglobin-using-polyphenol-as-imprinted-polymer-receptor
#12
J A Ribeiro, C M Pereira, A F Silva, M Goreti F Sales
An electrochemical biosensor was developed by merging the features of Molecular Imprinting technique and Screen-Printed Electrode (SPE) for the simple and fast screening of cardiac biomarker myoglobin (Myo) in point-of-care (POC). The MIP artificial receptor for Myo was prepared by electrooxidative polymerization of phenol (Ph) on a AuSPE in the presence of Myo as template molecule. The choice of the most effective protein extraction procedure from the various extraction methods tested (mildly acidic/basic solutions, pure/mixed organic solvents, solutions containing surfactants and enzymatic digestion methods), and the optimization of the thickness of the polymer film was carefully undertaken in order to improve binding characteristics of Myo to the imprinted polymer receptor and increase the sensitivity of the MIP biosensor...
August 15, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692874/development-of-double-emulsion-nanoparticles-for-the-encapsulation-of-bovine-serum-albumin
#13
Nelida Y Martinez, Patricia F Andrade, Nelson Durán, Sebastian Cavalitto
In the present work, a double emulsion was developed for the encapsulation of Bovine Serum Albumin (BSA) as a model protein for the future encapsulation of viral proteins. The first emulsion polydispersity index (PDI) was studied with increasing concentrations of poly (ε-caprolactone) (PCL) as stabilizer (from 16% w/v to 5% w/v) and polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) as the surfactant in the second emulsion at 1.5% w/v. Results suggest that at decreasing concentrations of PCL the PDI of the emulsion also decrease, indicating that viscosity of the emulsion is crucial in the homogeneity of the resultant size distribution of the nanoparticles...
June 29, 2017: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690548/optimization-of-variable-ventilation-for-physiology-immune-response-and-surfactant-enhancement-in-preterm-lambs
#14
Erzsébet Bartolák-Suki, Peter B Noble, Samer Bou Jawde, Jane J Pillow, Béla Suki
Preterm infants often require mechanical ventilation due to lung immaturity including reduced or abnormal surfactant. Since cyclic stretch with cycle-by-cycle variability is known to augment surfactant release by epithelial cells, we hypothesized that such in vivo mechanotransduction improves surfactant maturation and hence lung physiology in preterm subjects. We thus tested whether breath-by-breath variability in tidal volume (VT) in variable ventilation (VV) can be tuned for optimal performance in a preterm lamb model...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28687241/perfluorinated-alcohol-induced-coacervates-as-extraction-media-for-proteomic-analysis
#15
James P McCord, David C Muddiman, Morteza G Khaledi
We describe a novel method for using hexafluoroisopropanol (HFIP) induced coacervates with a variety of surfactants to extract proteins from a yeast whole cell lysate and conduct a global proteomic investigation on the extracted proteins. Yeast whole cell lysates were prepared and proteins were extracted using two workflows: 1) Proteins were extracted into the coacervate generated from the mixture of HFIP, surfactant, and cell lysate. 2) Proteins were extracted from cell lysate using a surfactant solution, and HFIP was added to the supernatant to generate a coacervate phase with concentrated proteins...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Chromatography. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685539/respiratory-training-during-rehabilitation-of-acute-organic-fluorine-poisoned-patients-treated-by-non-invasive-positive-pressure-ventilation
#16
L Liu, D Z Liu, Q P Wang, Z L Zhu, H M Li, X Y Lu
This paper aimed to analyze the effects of respiratory training on pulmonary function during the rehabilitation period for acute organic fluorine-poisoned patients treated by non-invasive positive pressure ventilation (NIPPV). Sixty-two acute organic fluorine-poisoned patients admitted to the Xinxiang Central Hospital, Xinxiang City, China, from May 2012 to March 2016 were selected and randomly divided into an observation group and a control group, with 31 cases in each. Both groups received NIPPV. The patients in the control group exercised daily, while the patients in the observation group received contracting lips-abdominal breathing training...
April 2017: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682410/fabrication-characterisation-and-stability-of-oil-in-water-emulsions-stabilised-by-solid-lipid-particles-the-role-of-particle-characteristics-and-emulsion-microstructure-upon-pickering-functionality
#17
I Zafeiri, P Smith, I T Norton, F Spyropoulos
The quest to identify and use bio-based particles with a Pickering stabilisation potential for food applications has lately been particularly substantial and includes, among other candidates, lipid-based particles. The present study investigates the ability of solid lipid particles to stabilise oil-in-water (o/w) emulsions against coalescence. Results obtained showed that emulsion stability could be achieved when low amounts (0.8 wt/wt%) of a surface active species (e.g. Tween 80 or NaCas) were used in particles' fabrication...
July 19, 2017: Food & Function
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668353/salsa-a-dance-on-a-slippery-floor-with-changing-partners
#18
M P Reichhardt, U Holmskov, S Meri
It is becoming increasingly clear that the connections between our immune system and the microbiota colonizing us have a tremendous impact on human health. A number of innate molecular defence mechanisms cooperate to selectively target unwanted microorganisms at the mucosal surfaces. Amongst others these include the complement system, IgA and the SALSA molecule. The salivary scavenger and agglutinin (SALSA), also known as deleted in malignant brain tumors 1 (DMBT1), salivary agglutinin (SAG) or gp340 is a multifunctional molecule with important functions in innate immunity, inflammation and epithelial homeostasis...
June 28, 2017: Molecular Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662472/stepwise-unfolding-of-ribonuclease-a-by-a-biosurfactant
#19
Bijan K Paul, Riya Sett, Nikhil Guchhait
The interaction of Ribonuclease A (RNase A) with the bile salt, sodium deoxycholate (NaDC) is meticulously investigated using various spectroscopic techniques. The binding isotherm constructed from the modulation of intrinsic tyrosine fluorescence of the protein following interaction with NaDC conspicuously reveals an intrinsically complex stepwise interaction process which proceeds through the formation of distinct conformational states of the protein. The conformational transitions are found to occur at c1=2...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Colloid and Interface Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661571/polyglycerol-surfmers-and-surfactants-for-direct-and-inverse-miniemulsion
#20
Sarah Wald, Johanna Simon, Jule P Dietz, Frederik R Wurm, Katharina Landfester
Poly(ethylene glycol)-based surfactants are a prominent example for nonionic surfactants. Poly(glycerol) (PG) is discussed as a polyfunctional alternative, however, it is not yet used to stabilize miniemulsions. The anionic polymerization of glycidyl ethers is used to prepare surfactants for direct or inverse emulsions and ambident surfactants by adjusting the copolymer composition. Orthogonal-protected poly(glycerol) block copolymers, using ethoxyethyl glycidyl ether and allyl glycidyl ether (AGE) or tert-butyl glycidyl ether (tBuGE), are synthesized...
June 29, 2017: Macromolecular Bioscience
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